Maz Jobrani (see Tuesday).
SAT | SEPTEMBER 19
Arbeter Ring gets in the spirit of the season with a thoughtful, secular Jewish New Year celebration, featuring reflections on the past year’s accomplishments and shortcomings as well as renewed hopes for the coming year. Traditional Rosh Hashanah fare, such as apples and honey, will be served. A Yom Kippur program will take place Sept. 28. Sat. 3 p.m. $10 (members), $20 (general). The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007. circlesocal.org.
SUN | SEPTEMBER 20
As part of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, the Skirball Cultural Center, along with other L.A. organizations, will join Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, for the Roots & Shoots Day of Peace at the Santa Monica Pier. The Skirball will host a booth with creative, hands-on activities relating to the worldwide event’s theme. A Giant Peace Dove Parade along the beach will be one of the highlights of the daylong celebration. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org. rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/dove.
MON | SEPTEMBER 21
Local artist Carol Goldmark’s drawings and paintings of flowers are currently on display at the Pauline and Zena Gatov Gallery at the Alpert Jewish Community Center. “Our Days Are as Flowers” showcases Goldmark’s depiction of flowers as metaphors for the human lifecycle: beauty, decay, the passage of time and gradual disintegration of the body. Goldmark, inspired by themes found in Hebrew scriptures, is the gallery’s High Holy Days Artist for the New Year. Gallery hours: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Oct. 18. Free. AJCC, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601. alpertjcc.org.
Writer’s Bloc, a nonprofit literary series, will host outgoing LAPD Chief Bill Bratton in conversation with crime reporter John Buntin, the author of “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City.” The two crime buffs will discuss the power struggle between the Jewish mob and the LAPD in 1950s Los Angeles, when Mickey Cohen, Bugsy Siegel and their tycoon buddies ruled the city’s streets. Mon. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 855-0005. writersblocpresents.com.
TUE | SEPTEMBER 22
The inaugural Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in Los Angeles gathers some of the top stand-up comedians in the business to dispel the myth that talent from that region of the world is only applied to explosive engineering. (That was a joke.) The festival begins with the Brown Carpet Stand-Up Comedy Gala for charity, starring Maysoon Zayid (“You Don’t Mess With the Zohan”), Peter the Persian (Sultans of Satire), Ronnie Khalil (Comedy Central’s “The Watch List”) and others, hosted by Maz Jobrani. The laughs continue with “Night of 1001 Sketches ... More or Less ... Probably Less,” four performances of sketch comedy at Acme Comedy Theatre. The last night, a stand-up comedy showcase at the Laugh Factory, will feature more headliners and up-and-comers, followed by a closing party. Opening Night: Tue. 7:30 p.m. $40-$50. Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Through Sept. 25. For details, visit mideastcomedyfest.com.
New York filmmakers Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed — one Jewish, one Muslim — have collaborated on a new documentary, “Bronx Princess,” about a high-achieving teenage girl reconciling her American culture with her African heritage as she adjusts to life in Ghana, where her father is a chief. Brook and Syeed’s first collaboration was the short, “A Son’s Sacrifice,” and they are currently working on “The Calling,” a documentary about young religious leaders. “Bronx Princess” will air on the Point of View documentary series, followed by a short film, “So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away” by Jewish filmmaker Annie P. Waldman. Tue. 10 p.m. PBS (check local listings). pbs.org/pov.
Ed Feinstein, Scholar, author and senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom, will be the guest speaker at University Women of American Jewish University’s (AJU) membership day opening program. Feinstein, whose most recent book, “Capturing the Moon,” is a collection of classic and modern Jewish folktales, will discuss “How to Wrestle With God and Win.” The program includes a continental breakfast. Tue. 9:30 a.m. Free (members), $18 (general). AJU, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. RSVP is required. (310) 440-1283.
WED | SEPTEMBER 23
The L.A. Jewish community is responding to the ongoing recession with the We Care Job Fair, featuring employers looking to hire, a Jewish Community Resource Booth with information on financial resources and other services for struggling families, representatives from Jewish Vocational Service, Jewish Free Loan Association, Jewish Family Service, Bet Tzedek, The Jewish Federation Emergency Cash Grant Program and three workshops throughout the morning. Co-sponsored by ATID, Sinai Temple, BSC Management, MetroJews, participating agencies and local synagogues. Wed. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 459-2328, ext. 258.
Mavis Leno, the chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls, will speak about her decade-long struggle to bring Afghan women’s rights onto the national agenda. Leno is an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s treatment of women and is pushing the current administration to address this issue alongside the renewed military focus on Afghanistan and the Taliban. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.
THU | SEPTEMBER 24
The Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach is linking West Coast with East Coast in a new program that allows SoCal residents to experience the exceptional forums put on by the 92nd Street Y, a cultural community center in New York since 1874. “Live From N.Y.’s 92nd Street Y” is an interactive series of live satellite broadcasts of lectures, interviews, panels and readings, followed by a question-and-answer period in which locals can send their questions to New York via e-mail and have them answered in real time. Tonight’s event is “Howard Dean: Where the Progressive Movement Goes From Here.” The next two programs feature Alan Dershowitz, Dennis Prager and Mitch Albom. Thu. 5-7 p.m. $10 (per lecture), $25 (season pass). AJCC, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601. alpertjcc.org.
Eliza Dushku from “Dollhouse” and Brittany Snow from “Hairspray” will co-host Fashion for the Cure, a runway fashion show raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research and services through the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Kicking off breast cancer awareness month in October, the show will feature local cancer survivors, professional models and celebrities affected by breast cancer modeling Diane von Furstenberg’s new collection at Smashbox Studios. Thu. 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction), 7:30 p.m. (program and fashion show). $100-$350. Smashbox Studios, 1011 N. Fuller Ave., West Hollywood. (310) 575-3011. fashionforthecurela.org.
The Los Angeles Jewish Chamber of Commerce is spicing up its monthly business networking gatherings by adding a little velocity: speed networking. Like speed dating, speed networking shuffles participants around at a quick rate, encouraging them to meet more people, make more contacts and generate more business ideas in one short evening. Food and drinks will be served as you zip around the room. Thu. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10 (members), $20 (guests), $25 (at the door). Four Points by Sheraton, 5990 Green Valley Circle, Culver City. (866) 257-6117. lajewishchamber.com.
The Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron and his ensemble will perform “Days of Awe,” sacred Hebrew music and spiritual storytelling from the mystical Jewish tradition for the season of renewal, with soulful Israeli singer Maya Haddi. Thu. 8 p.m. $17 (prepaid), $20 (at the door), $15 (students and seniors). Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. panioloproductions.com/tickets.